Scale up your business with MCHF

The Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests Accelerator Program is designed to promote sustainable forest management in Malawi and promote sustainable energy options to maintain forest cover and reduce land-based emissions.

About Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests Accelerator Program

Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests, an activity co-funded by USAID and UKaid, promotes sustainable forest management and energy options to maintain forest cover and to reduce land-based emissions in Malawi. The Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests Accelerator Program has been developed to help discover, nurture and scale-up entry-level Malawian enterprises in forest-friendly and land restoration businesses (including, but not limited to businesses promoting: Honey, Moringa, Mangoes, Coffee, Essential Oils, Macadamia, Bamboo/Cane Furniture, Wild Fruits, etc.)

How the MCHF Accelerator works

mHub will advertise a series of acceleration opportunities through the MCHF Accelerator Program for round 2 (e.g., forest-friendly and land restoration businesses), and qualified applicants are welcome to apply. Forty participants will be selected from the pool of applications for the next round of the challenge. The forty applicants will then go through a Due Diligence exercise before they are called for an oral interview with a panel of independent Judges.

Applicants that will make it to the next round of the challenge, after the interviews, will then go through a Boot camp workshop, to be equipped before they pitch their business ideas to a set of independent judges for the final round. 

Twenty finalists will be selected and will go through mentorship and various business development training such as financial literacy, leadership coaching, training on investor facilitation and management as well as production and innovation expert trainings in a span of 6 months. A selected subset of finalists will also receive matching/in-kind grant support. 

“We need healthy forests if we want to protect our climate. As the climate changes, forests become more vulnerable to insect outbreaks, droughts and wildfires. Simultaneously, when our forests are destroyed, their carbon is released back into the atmosphere, further impacting climate change. It’s a horrifying one-two punch.” 

– Chris Noth

Sponsors

USAID
Malawi Government
UKAid
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